Four-star defensive end Prince Shembo out of Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell made his decision earlier today. The 6-foot-2, 232-pounder decided between his six finalists, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
"I committed to Coach Brown and then had a long conversation with Charley Weis just a bit ago," he said. "They were both fired up, they said it was like a touchdown. They want more and more commits, just like touchdowns."
Shembo maintains it was a tough decision.
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"It was close, everyone was second, particularly Virginia Tech and Tennessee were tied there."
What made Shembo pick the Irish?
"It was the academics and the fact I'm Catholic," he said. "That's a beautiful church on campus. Then with the academics, my dad told me the statistics and they are No. 2 for undergraduate after Stanford. That's pretty high and I think for masters they are No. 5."
Of course, the No. 16 weakside defensive end is heading there for football.
"The football team is young and they are rebuilding," he said. "I see a lot of talent there. The wide receivers are tall, the quarterback is big, the linebackers are all 230 or 235-pounds. They've got a lot of size on that team and I see good things happen.
"When I saw the players, I thought these guys are going to be good in the future. People will see and then the tradition is great as well."
As far as his position, Shembo is ready to do whatever necessary.
"I'm just a hybrid," he said. "Pass rushing is my specialty. The coaches haven't talked about playing time, but if I work hard I'll play."
Overall Shembo is happy with his selection.
"I'm real excited to be part of the Notre Dame Irish."